Make sure the 504 gives enough support for your child's goals.
As you think about the transition to adult life, take a moment to think about the accommodations your child gets through their 504 plan.
If your child needs specialized instruction in addition to the accommodations they get from the 504 Plan, you might want to see if they qualify for an IEP.
This is an Individualized Education Program.
If your child does qualify for an IEP, they can get a plan and more services to help them with transition. You can read about this in the other sections in the menu on the left.
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A student who has a 504 plan needs adjustments to the learning environment and maybe some services so they can have equal access to all parts of the school day.
They do not meet the requirements for an IEP, which outlines very specific services and goals.
Both are for students with confirmed disabilities.
The 504 Plan gets its name from Section 504 of the federal Rehabilitation Act law. This requires schools to allow students with disabilities equal access to education and extra-curricular activities.
Special education is governed by a different law, IDEA: the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
Click on this link to learn more: The difference between IEPs and 504 plans
Sources: Casey Family Programs, U.S. DOE, Understood
See the Special Education Guide to learn how to start the process to see if your child qualifies for an IEP.